Athlete of the Week: Deible has title hopes for Sharks

wrestling3(1)A move from Illinois to the Grand Strand has been good so far for Steven Deible, and for the St. James wrestling program.

The junior is in his second season with the Sharks after transferring to St. James as a sophomore. Despite the difficulty of switching high schools midstream, Deible has quickly found a new home.

“(The move) really wasn’t that hard,” said Deible, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week award after winning the 160-pound class of the Horry-Georgetown County Wrestling Championships. “I made a lot of friends on the football team and wrestling team, and I like it better here.”

Now some of Deible’s best moves are coming on the mat. In just his third season overall in the sport, Deible has a 24-3 record this season and won individual championships and the Socastee Take Down Tournament and the Horry-Georgetown Championships.

But now is when the season gets real. The Region 7-3A championship, which was scheduled for Thursday before being snowed out, will be held Tuesday at the Shark Tank. Deible hopes to keep his and his team’s season going all the way to the state team and individual tournaments.

“I’ve always played football and run a some track, but I only started wrestling three years ago,” he said. “I loved it from the start because it’s real physical and it’s an individual and team sport. I’ve worked real hard and listened to my coaches.”

Deible’s arrival at St. James came on the heels of a string of region titles for the Sharks, a streak that was snapped by Socastee last season. Deible hopes to help restore order with another region championship. Deible and his team need to finish in the top four of the Lower State Tournament to reach the state.

“We need to get it back,” Deible said of the region title.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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